Today we’d like to introduce you to Grace Breshears.
Hi Grace, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I grew up in a small rural town. There really wasn’t a lot to do there. At the age of six I would always wake up with the sun, which included first dibs on the tv. Americans Next Top Model was the spark that shined a light on my dreams to be a model. I spent endless hours in my mom’s heels strutting up and down the halls and posing in the mirror. I had told my mom I was going to be a model when I grew up and she told me that it wasn’t realistic for me to be a model. She said that models had to be extremely tall and thin and that I would need to live in a big city. I ran outside the house and cried under our camper in the driveway. I never thought about being a model since, until my Junior year in high school, my mom asked if I would be interested in modeling classes. I laughed at her, remembering that she was the one who crushed my very first dreams. I finished the classes and my mom was, and still is, my biggest supporter. I moved at the age of 17 from small-town Burlington to Kansas City to fulfill my modeling dreams. While there were many obstacles, I had faced moving and living all by myself, and for that, I am very proud. My passion for modeling lights me on fire and faith always leads me to persevere. I know that this is exactly where I am supposed to be and I continue to count my blessings. I am very thankful for everyone who has included me in their fashion shows, photoshoots, and magazines. This is just the beginning and I am excited to experience the upcoming opportunities.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I wouldn’t say it was necessarily smooth. Girls can be mean. In high school, it seems they would rather tear you down than build you up. I cried for so many nights to be accepted by kids in my town. However, I now surround myself with friends who have a similar lifestyle as me. Friends who live for their dreams and let passion lead them where they are supposed to be. You are the people you hang out with, and it’s okay to be selective with who you let in your life.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a Latina Model that promotes diversity, being true, and living for yourself. I am known for being self-made and for my uplifting, can-do attitude. I am most proud of being adopted and how it shaped me into the woman I am today. I aspire to be a role model for children in the foster care system, for sexual assault survivors, and for any child who feels that they just don’t fit in. I want them to believe in themselves and to chase their dreams. I model for Latinos that weren’t raised in Spanish-speaking households and aren’t accepted by traditional Latin households. My story is what sets me apart. My obstacles are what make me strong.
Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
Sarah Beth from Crush Modeling has been my mentor since 2020. She has connected me with models and events all over Kansas City. Sarah is amazing at building self-confidence and is persistent on uniqueness. I give her the credit for guiding me since day one. Social media is a great tool to promote yourself and find others with similar interests. I use hashtags like crazy. They are super useful for extending your audience.
Sarah Beth and Alex Todd